1. What is Transitions? 2. When is Transitions? 3. How much does Transitions cost? 4. I am a new Summer Session student - am I invited to Transitions? 5. Should my family members attend Transitions? 6. I am a new Fall Quarter student - when will I register for my fall classes? 7. Can I attend just part of Transitions? 8. I am unable to attend Transitions in July - do I have another option? 9. When will I receive more information about Transitions? 10. How do I make my reservation? 11. When is the reservation deadline? 12. What if I don't have access to a computer/internet to make a reservation?
13. How can I make changes to my reservation? 14. Can I come on the same day as my friend? 15. Must I be cleared for measles prior to Transitions? 16. Do I have to take the Math Placement Test? 17. Do I have to take the Spanish Placement Test? 18. Where should I park for Transitions? 19. I need special accommodations - whom should I contact? 20. I will be observing Ramadan during Transitions, what resources are available? 21. I need overnight accommodations - can I stay on campus? 22. Can I stay overnight on campus for more than one night? 23. Where can I or my family stay off campus? 24. If I attend Transitions, do I attend Fall Orientation as well? 25. Convenient Campus Extension Listing
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Transitions?
Transitions is WWU's orientation, advising and registration program for new transfer and postbaccalaureate students and their families. There is no additional fee for students to participate in the one-day Transitions program - cost is covered by the one-time $250 enrollment fee already paid to WWU. Students will:
Transitions includes an optional Family Orientation for family members. The fee for Family Orientation is $35 per person, and includes all family sessions, workshops, program materials and lunch ticket. Additional tickets for siblings and guests may be purchased upon arrival. Family members will:
Transitions includes an optional Overnight Program for students and family members the evening PRIOR to their Transitions date. The fee for the Overnight Program is $50 per person, and includes:
Parking will be available at a cost of $10/day in 3R, the residential lot near Higginson Hall or $4/day in the C (Commuter) gravel lots adjacent to and across from the Fairhaven residence hall. Additional parking instructions will be included in your program confirmation.
2. When is Transitions?
You can attend Transitions on any one of the following days:
Reservations are completed online at the NSSFO website - http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu - with registration opening midday on Monday, June 3rd. The deadline for reservations is 5:00pm, Friday, July 19th.
3. How much does Transitions cost?
There is no additional fee for students to attend the Transitions day program only - cost is covered by the one-time $250 enrollment fee already paid to WWU. Optional program components include the following:
Overnight Program participants may choose to park in either the 3R lot for $10/day or in the C (Commuter) gravel lots* for $4/day. You may purchase a permit upon arrival at the closest parking pay box.
4. I am a new Summer Session student - am I invited to Transitions?
No - new Summer Session transfer students are invited and encouraged to attend Summer Session Advising and Orientation on May 10th or May 31st. Please visit the NSSFO website to sign up. New Summer Session postbaccalaureate students are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Center to make an individual advising appointment. You may contact Academic Advising directly for additional advising assistance at 360.650.3850.
5. Should my family members attend Transitions?
Yes - We encourage family members to attend, and have a separate Family Orientation designed specifically for family members. The cost per family member is $35.
6. I am a new Fall Quarter student - when will I register for my fall classes?New transfer and postbaccalaureate students will register for their fall classes at Transitions. If you are unable to attend Transitions, your next opportunity to register for classes will be during Phase II Registration, August 26th - September 24th.
7. Can I attend just part of Transitions?No - Transitions is a full-day orientation, advising and course registration program. In order to register successfully for classes, you MUST attend program check-in and your full academic advising session.
8. I am unable to attend Transitions in July - do I have another option?
Yes - New transfer students who are unable to attend Transitions may contact the Academic Advising Center at 360.650.3850 beginning July 30th for assistance with registration. If you are unable to attend Transitions, your next opportunity to register for classes will be during Phase II Registration which begins August 26th.
9. When will I receive more information about Transitions?
Information will be sent via postcard and email in mid-May to students who confirm their enrollment to WWU's Admissions Office. Students who confirm thereafter will be sent information accordingly. Complete program information, including a link to the online reservation system, is available via the New Student Services/Family Outreach website at www.nssfo.wwu.edu.
10. How do I make my reservation?
Reservations will open midday on Monday, June 3. All reservations occur online via the New Student Services/Family Outreach website at www.nssfo.wwu.edu If you need assistance, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After your reservation has been processed, you will be sent a confirmation indicating your program date and further information.
11. When is the reservation deadline?
Friday, July 19 at 5:00pm. Students must RSVP in advance by the reservation deadline. Family members may sign-up for Family Orientation on the day of Transitions. Refunds are not available after the reservation deadline, 5:00pm, Friday, July 19.
12. What if I don't have access to a computer/internet to make a reservation?
Please contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach directly to make a reservation - 360.650.3846.
13. How can I make changes to my reservation?
Any changes to your reservation must be made by contacting New Student Services/Family Outreach directly at 360.650.3846 or email@example.com. Adjustments cannot be made online after your request has been submitted or after the deadline. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes requested prior to the deadline, but this cannot be guaranteed.
14. Can I come on the same day as my friend?
Yes, if space is available. Both you and your friend should make your reservations as soon as possible, select the same program date on your reservation forms, and send a brief message to New Student Services/Family Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org with the appropriate information. All efforts will be made to accommodate these requests, but this cannot be guaranteed.
15. Must I be cleared for measles prior to Transitions?
You will not be allowed to register for classes if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment at Transitions. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center. If you have any questions regarding the measles immunity requirement, please call 360.650.3400.
16. Do I have to take the Math Placement Test?
Not all transfer students need to take the Math Placement Test (MPT). However, students whose major requires a math course often must take the MPT before registering for their first math course at Western. To determine whether you should take the Advanced or Intermediate exam, or for exceptions to taking the MPT, visit admissions.wwu.edu/mpt. If you are still unsure, your orientation advisor at Transitions will help you decide if you need to take the afternoon MPT.
17. Do I have to take the Spanish Placement Test?
If you are planning to take Spanish in Fall quarter, you should take the exam. If you are planning to take Spanish, but not in the Fall, do not take the exam during Transitions as you will be asked to retake it again later. The WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test is a multiple-choice computerized exam that tests a student’s knowledge of Spanish at different levels of difficulty. The exam discerns a student’s solid knowledge from partial knowledge, which allows the assignment of a score that will predict accurately a student’s ability to succeed at a particular level of Spanish course. The exam measures knowledge, rather than experience, so students will place into the appropriate class based on their language skill rather than number of years/classes completed. There is no cost to take the exam; the exam takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
18. Where should I park for Transitions?
Parking will be available at a cost of $10/day in the residential lots 3R (near Higginson Hall) or 4R (near Mathes/Nash Halls) or $4/day in the C (Commuter) gravel lots* adjacent to and across from the Fairhaven residence hall. Additional parking instructions will be included in your program confirmation.
For more information about parking and transportation, visit www.ps.wwu.edu/parking/index.aspx. For a campus map Parking Guide, visit https://www.ps.wwu.edu/parking/map/index.aspx for a printable map.
19. I need special accommodations - whom should I contact?If you or someone in your party requires special accommodations at Transitions, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 prior to your arrival to campus. For more information about special accommodations at Western, contact disAbility Resources in Old Main 120 or by email at email@example.com or by phone at 360.650.3083.
20. I will be observing Ramadan during Transitions, what resources are available?
Individuals who are observing Ramadan during Transitions are encouraged to contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach office at 360.650.3846 to inquire about housing options and dining accommodations that include availability of boxed meals for overnight participants. Please contact our office to sign up for meal requests and to discuss housing options as needed.
21. I need overnight accommodations - can I stay on campus?
Yes - Transitions includes an optional on-campus Overnight Program for you and your family the evening PRIOR to Transitions. The fee for the Overnight Program is $50 per person, and includes the following:
22. Can I stay overnight on campus for more than one night?
If space is available, students and family members can stay in the residence halls before or after their Transitions date without participating in the Overnight Program. The cost is $25.75 per night/person for a single-occupancy room and $20.60 per night/person for a double-occupancy room. Cost includes bed and bath linens but no meals. Once you have confirmed your registration date for Transitions, please contact the Conference & Guest Housing office - 360.650.7537 - regarding housing availability and to make a reservation before or after your Transitions date.
23. Where can I or my family stay off campus?
For a list of accommodations near Western, visit http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu/bellingham.shtml.
24. If I attend Transitions, do I attend Fall Orientation as well?
Yes! Fall Orientation, offered September 21-24, activities are open to ALL Western students. Fall Orientation begins a few days prior to classes starting and offers a great opportunity to get connected and settled in to campus. Additional information will be mailed to you in late summer. Program highlights for Fall Orientation include:
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